In an armed robbery that took place in Bakersfield, California, the store owner and his son quickly found themselves up against a few armed robbers.
The store owner had some things that he did correctly, such as being armed, but his biggest –and deadliest– mistake was not keeping a round in the chamber.
Not having a round in the chamber cost him his life, and the life of his son.
In the video above, you can see the store owner handing over his wallet to the armed robbers. One tip to point out in this situation is to, if possible, throw the wallet away from you so that the bad guy can divert his or her attention to the thrown wallet instead of yourself. This, in many instances, can give you the advantage of drawing your firearm and firing that first shot.
Instead in the video, the store owner hands it directly to the bad guy. Shortly after, the owner sees an opportunity to draw his firearm but before he can fire, he is seen attempting to pull the slide back and chamber a round. This attempt, unfortunately, did not work. After seeing the gun, the bad guy fires and hits his target. Now injured, the owner doesn’t have the capacity to chamber a round. You can see in the video that he attempts to do so for multiple seconds with no luck.
As stated, and as much as it pains me to type, both father and son lost their lives that day.
We use these videos and stories not to scare people, but to have them give an honest look at how they carry and what their normal routine looks like. If you, for example, routinely carry with an empty chamber, this video and others like it should highlight just how little time you could have to get things ready.
Events like this can happen in an instant, and being ready to go at the drop of a hat is so incredibly important. You don’t want to be fumbling with your firearm when you need it most.